National guidance on managing head lice infection in children

Guidance for health and education professionals on managing head lice infection in children.

National Guidance on Managing Head Lice Infection in Children

Addendum letter – August 2013 – update on treatment options

This document is also available in pdf format (303k)


1 Aim
2 What are head lice?
3 Responsibility
4 Detection
5 Treatment
6 Prescription of treatments
7 Alert letters
8 Exclusions
9 Persistent and recurrent head lice infection
10 NHS Board and Local Authority policies
Annex 1: Notes and guidance for the primary care team
Annex 2: Notes and guidance for pharmacists
Annex 3: Notes and guidance for school nurses and health visitors in nurseries
Annex 4: Notes and guidance for head teachers

This guidance is available to view, download and print on the Scottish Executive website at

Requests for hard copies of the guidance should be directed to Kelly Martin on 0131 244 2272.

Any queries about the guidance or head lice in general should be sent to:

Scottish Executive Health Department
Women and Children's Unit
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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